Saturday, June 24, 2017

My Sweet Baby Bennett

I just thought I'd share a tiny bit about Bennett because I've been getting so many questions about him. I so appreciate everyone's concerns and reaching out to say they've been praying for him and thinking about us. It means the world to me.
Bennett has basically been sick this entire year. It started at the end of January and he's probably had RSV-like symptoms (but always tests negative for RSV) about a dozen times. He also vomits a lot which caused him to lose so much weight in the winter. It was really sad and scary. Thankfully he's been a lot better the last few months but he's still gotten sick for 24 hours here and there, the last time being on his birthday. Isn't that so mean to be sick and vomit on your first birthday? Poor guy. Even when Bennett wasn't sick, I would catch him wheezing for a minute but then it would go away. I never really knew what to make of it. Our peds always asked us if anyone in our family has asthma but nobody does.
On Thursday around lunch Bennett started getting sick. He didn't seem too bad at first but by about 4:00, I had him in a steam shower and he was crying uncontrollably--very unlike him. I picked up my phone and called my pediatricians office to see if they would PLEASE see us before they closed and they did. Our ped didn't like the way Bennett's stomach was retracting and prescribed us a steroid (Bennett's second steroid.....I've never even had one in my entire 32 years of life but my 13 month old has had two!!) and told us to watch him closely. We got home and a few hours later Bennett started vomiting profusely and it scared me so bad. It's not like we haven't dealt with this exact same situation way too many times before but this time felt different. I was crying and scared and my mommy gut just told me to take him to the ER. So I did.
They tested him for RSV (negative) and did xrays for pneumonia (negative) and after a breathing treatment (can't even count how many of those we've had to do at this point) and a little monitoring we were sent on our way.
My brainstorming went into overdrive yesterday and I feel really stupid that it's taken me so long to figure it out but I'm fairly certain Bennett has some bad allergies. Whether it's food or environmental, I have no idea. My ped said yesterday that she would like to start Bennett on an asthma preventative treatment. Just an inhaler once or twice a day for now to see if things improve and I agree that this is a good idea. I also want to test him for allergies though so I'm planning on taking him in next week to run some tests. It's so scary to see your baby struggling to breath and being unlucky with getting the stomach bug so many times no longer makes sense. Although the fact that I have gotten sick right along with Bennett most times does throw me a little bit. Very confusing.
I've had so many people send me messages with similar stories of things that have happened to their child. They've all started with saying "I don't want to over step's our story" and seriously, I don't feel anyone is over stepping at all. The more brainstorming, similar situations, or thoughts from others the better in my opinion. It takes a village and I'm just hoping we can get this figured out for our sweet Bennett very soon. I will keep you all updated as we hopefully find some answers. Thank you again for your prayers. It means so much to us.


  1. Ugh, so scary when your baby is sick. Poor little guy. I've been in your shoes with similar symptoms with my kids over the years. Allergies/Asthma you name it. Singulair was our answer for my kids (2,5 for my son and nearly four for my daughter. Brendan stopped at 13 and Nina is still on it and she turns 14 Saturday) to deal with their asthma and allergy meds for the allergies. Prayers that you get some answers and soon for your own sanity. I've been on the crazy train before trying to heal my kids and it's no joke! 🙏🏻💜😔

    1. Thank you! I hope we can get it figured out soon.